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SALFORD COUNCIL GRAFFITI PLAN BACKFIRES
 

Star date: 30th August 2011

ORDSALL WATERFRONT WALL EYESORE

Salford Council's plan for what it calls an `Aspirational Walkway' on Ordsall waterfront is already backfiring. The Council spent £15,000 on removing "the growing problem of graffiti" along a stretch of the Waterfront which was formerly covered in stunning artwork.

But the blank wall it created has just been covered in shockingly bad `tags' and amateur scrawl. Basically, it has created an eyesore, where there was formerly a huge outdoor art gallery…

Full story here…


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Across the road from Ordsall Hall, and running by the Manchester Ship Canal is a long wall which for years was used as a kind of ever changing public art gallery, displaying brilliant works of graffiti art from some of the region's finest exponents.

In April, Salford Council decided that this unique cultural phenomenon didn't fit with its idea for an `Aspirational Walkway' between Manchester centre and MediaCityUK. The Council wanted to "vastly enhance the riverside experience for users, improve the quality and attractiveness to support future private sector investment, and promote additional activity and usage of the routeway".

It budgeted £15,000 for `graffiti removal' and £128,781 for `environmental works' for this `Riverpark Central' zone, plus a Salford Council contribution of £20,000 towards a litter boat to clean up Peel Holdings' putrid Ship Canal.

In June, the "growing problem of graffiti" was removed from the Council section of the wall along the Canal, and it has now been replaced with, er, a real eyesore.

Previously, graffiti artists had covered the wall with fantastic images but since the wall has been cleaned the artists have shown respect and left it alone – only for `amateurs' to come along with spray cans and completely vandalise it. The wall now looks a complete and utter mess. The scrawled images even have an arrow pointing to them reading `My lil sister can do better'…Hardly the `Aspirational Walkway' envisaged by the Council.

Meanwhile, further along are two walls owned by a private company which not only allows the graffiti artists to use its space, it positively encourages them. The latest stunning image is of a massive `Wild Wild North West' scene, entitled Casa De Irwell.

• The Irwell River Park is costing a jaw-dropping total of £72million, including £115,447 in signs alone. Further details can be found at www.irwellriverpark.com

See previous Salford Star story here - with links
 

caroline wrote
at 22:02:18 on 15 September 2011
As a artist myself i only think there art is sweet and can only presume all those concerned who are making negative comments GO TO THE SAME CHRISTMAS PARTY, please note a dear friend of ours who has since passed away confirmed such.
 
Dave farrar wrote
at 11:23:40 on 31 August 2011
Surely the Council are missing a trick. They should license the graffiti artists and give them sites to paint. That way the best ones could be used to liven up run-down areas and the Council could then put on a photo exhibition of the best ones and promote street art and sell posters and postcards to cover costs. Any other unofficial graffiti could be painted over. Tourists may even come to see some other art than Lowry.
 
percy stilton wrote
at 06:58:05 on 31 August 2011
I love good graffitti....any one who destroys it is anti-art....just another brick in the wall. The bad graffiti artists should be taken off the streets and given useful employment producing & publishing glossy magazines for council pr purposes. yours sincerely Mr. Percy Stilton esq.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 06:57:56 on 31 August 2011
Steve be honest Salfords Labour live in the past the average age of it's councillors would be around 70.I saw the wall it was fun and a point of attraction of course today it looks like the rest of Salford it will slowly be covered in a range of crude sexual drawings Man United or City tags and someone's name calling them a grass but art is something that goes past peel park museum and i think they can't understand it,so what they don't understand they take away sad but true.
 
Ian Obrien wrote
at 06:57:27 on 31 August 2011
Yet another, and true to form cock up. Maybe they could have paid for this mistake by actually asking what has happened to the approximate one million quid that 'Paddy' Doherty has been collecting in rents for the last thirteen years from the Duchy Road traveller site - and which Salford council never once thought to ask about. Apparently. For thirteen years. Erm.....apparently. According to the council though, he has run the site well - how they know this is anybodies guess when, according to the MEN Media/council mouthpiece Salford Advertiser "We are not clear how much money is being taken in, how it’s been accounted for." Not to worry though because, again according to the Advertiser quoting a 'senior town hall official' - who we can only assume didn't want to be named "There's no evidence of wrongdoing down there." Well, there is no evidence of anything if they haven't been looking at the accounts. Ahem; did I say accounts? There is an idea for Salford council - look at the accounts!! Whaddaya mean there are no accounts? So, all this rent money that has been collected could have gone anywhere? From Paddys pocket to,even, for all we know some senior council sources pocket? For all we know I mean. I'm not saying anything illegal or untoward has gone on of course. Just saying, you know, if they have not been taking regular accounts.....and money has been collected all these years,well, really, anything could have happened. Sorry to have digressed from the actual story a little here Star, but I smell a story here :)
 
Fadge wrote
at 21:45:05 on 30 August 2011
You just couldn't make it up . It was obvious to anyone with even a rudimentary brain that this would happen . But not to the Clowncil Cretins .They were probably too busy slashing funding from the most deserving and stuffing tea and biscuits into their greedy faces , whilst considering themselves very important people . Useless bastards . These clowns need to create a new non-job , ' Head of Stating the Bleeding Obvious , SALARY 200k , to point out to the Clowncil that which to most people is bleeding obvious .
 
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